24 July 2016


Aloha! Sunset on a Hawaiian black sand beach finds the lovely Leilani dancing in her grass skirt.


Simon Say Stamp blog 18 July Monday challenge: Nautical/By the Sea
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps 23 July Saturday challenge: Summer


Putting it Together

The closest I have ever been to Hawaii is the Tiki Room at Disneyland and countless pictures, but the black sand beaches have always intrigued me, so I decided to use one in my painting. I also love the colours of a sunset and chose to challenge myself to make one.

Because I wanted to use the At the Beach background with Leilani, I stamped her both on to scrap typing paper and watercolour paper. I fussy cut the typing paper and added removable adhesive to the back of it to cover the stamping on the watercolour paper.

I dry fit the position I wanted background before putting it on the stamper and inking it up. 

After removing the masking, Leilani is in the foreground of the scene and ready to be painted.

I did the painting and card assemble at a local crop where I could paint in air conditioning while chatting with my friend, Betty. It was a nice afternoon. 

The watercolouring is all Distress Inks. I now have sets 1-12 of the minis and absolutely love them. 

To give the sand a 'sandiness', I remasked Leilani with the typing paper image and used Post-It notes to cover the other non-sand areas before flicking Black Soot and Antique Linen over the area which was previously painted with Weathered Wood and Pumice Stone. 

I finished up with a matting of Stampin' Up cardstock, a lovely Bo Bunny Beach Therapy paper, and a sentiment from Fancy Flamingos. 

Aloha! It's a summer sunset on the beach, something to dance about!


  1. Amazing card, love how you've created this gorgeous beach with the gorgeous Hula dancer. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  2. Such a great summer creation! Love Leilanie at the beach!
    Thank you for joining our challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!

  3. Great tropical scene. Outstanding card.


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